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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 18, 2011 12:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bird Song

Bird Song does seem very representative of Jerry's 72'-74' playing style,and that makes it's 32 performances in 72' to 12 in 73' to zero in 74' even more confusing,bkidwell.You would think in 74' when the band seemed to tire of Dark Star and the 01 as vehicles for their improvisations instead of trying to stretch out Truckin' or Scarlet,or bringing back the spanish jam or MLB jam ,they might have looked to open up Bird Song.At the height of their jazz inspiration they had the perfect composition to express their jazzy aspirations,and it is a shame it never came to fruition.Even in 76' with that slow,deliberate sound,it could have been wonderful.

It's lack of play after the hiatus is more logical in that they lost their improvisational chops for the most part,and the focus changed to a more rock oriented feel.I would think that contributed to Keith's decline as much as anything,all of a sudden he is in a very different band then the one he joined in 71',and you could make the leap that he didn't dig the new direction of coke fueled,sort of lame rock band scenario he was in.


This post was modified by jerlouvis on 2011-08-18 19:51:42